What are you calling this series of new ceramics?
The collection of ceramics I have been working on recently is called Celestial Bodies.
What is the inspiration for your most recent collection featured at MADE?
Celestial Bodies is a collection of hand painted stoneware Sgraffito pottery. The combined nature of Sgraffito and the way in which I paint each vessel means each piece is uniquely special as no two pieces are the same.
With this collection I really wanted to explore the idea of the female body and nature in relation to lunar and solar cycles – hence the name Celestial Bodies. From a visual point Celestial Bodies is inspired by ceramic surface design and process as well as folk art and the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo, Lenora Carrington, Kit Williams and Vanessa Bowman, specifically the underlying themes they generally portray. I really wanted this collection to champion the technique of Sgraffito – which means to scratch – and to use bold, graphic-like imagery. This collection has been brewing for nearly a year but has only recently manifested physically!
When and how did you realise that working with ceramics was something you wanted to do as a career?
Whilst I worked with clay and mould making on my degree, it wasn’t until I took pottery classes in 2018 that I really fell in love with hand building and ceramic surface design. I’ve always drawn and illustrated, but the process of creating an image on clay was new to me and instantly satisfying. To this day each step of the making process, be it throwing, painting or glazing, is unparalleled in the excitement I feel as a maker.
How does the process inspire you ?
Creating pottery has always been tied to my wellbeing, the processes of creating are very methodical and I can't help but be totally present and absorbed by each step of the make. That being said, there is a certain stage when I feel most connected to a piece in the making process. When a piece has been carved but not fired and it’s about to reach its most fragile state, but to me it feels the most solid and tangible.
What are your ambitions for this year ?
For the coming year, I’m focused on honing my throwing skills and creating bigger decorative functional pieces. Also, I am really excited to push designs using decorative techniques like water etching, inlay and resist inlay. I would also love to be taking part in more markets and meeting more local makers!
Meet our maker of the month Angharad, who runs Crock-a-Shwt, and her latest range of work that is currently available through MADE.
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